Tips and rumours

Sep 20, 2011

Tips and rumours

Lucas' seat gets ALP talking. The Labor pre-selection battle for the Queensland state seat of Lytton, getting vacated by retiring deputy premier Paul Lucas at the next

Lucas’ seat gets ALP talking. The Labor pre-selection battle for the Queensland state seat of Lytton, getting vacated by retiring deputy premier Paul Lucas at the next election, looks like being a cracker. According to one hack: “One left faction frontrunner is off to a shaky start after threatening to have an entire branch thrown out of the party for absurdly spurious reasons. Left faction heavyweights have been left scratching their heads and realise they might have a bit of a dilemma on their hands.”

Gavin King haunted in LNP run. Cairns Post editor-at-large Gavin King resigned last week to run for the Liberal-National Party at the next state election. Now enemies are trawling his columns for ammunition and finding words that could come back to haunt him. One of them pointed Crikey to a June 2008 column in which he states: “If a woman is flirting or wearing a short skirt or drinking too much she never deserves or ‘asks’ to be raped. But women need to ask themselves if their binge drinking behaviour puts them at risk. The answer is yes, it does.” King also drew fire in 2007 for a piece comparing George W. Bush with Saddam Hussein. Twitter trolls have been linking out.

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